The Ministry of Higher Education says that it granted 7,779 scholarships for studies in universities in the DR and abroad in 2013. Of the total, 5,334 were for students to cover tuition fees and living allowances at Dominican universities and 2,445 were for studies abroad in the US, Spain, Russia, France and the UK. Minister Ligia Amada Melo announced that in 2014 scholarships would be awarded for graduate studies in Germany and South Korea. Dominicans also received scholarships to study in Brazil, Mexico, Cuba and Argentina.
The government spent RD$1.5 billion to finance the national and international scholarships. The Ministry announced that the budget has been increased to RD$2 billion for 2014. Melo said that since the start of the scholarship program in 2005, 15,145 students have benefitted from studies abroad, while around 34,000 have benefitted from scholarships at local universities.